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  1. Hi guys, I applied to NYU Neural Sciences PhD Program and I would like to know when they invite students for interview. I found nothing about it.
  2. Could anyone give me the inside track on this program? Is it a good one? Is it super competitive to get into? My research experience isn't strong, but I'm very interested in the premise of the program. I know that the clinical psych track is crazy competitive, but fortunately I don't want to be a clinical psychologist Thanks!
  3. Hi, I'm currently a senior undergraduate and looking for phd programs (in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology) in the US. My advisor said I should find some safe schools. Could you please give me some recommendations? I listed some basic information about me. Thank you! - I'm an international student, studying at an U.S. institute - Majoring Cognitive Science and Computer Science - GPA: around 3.9 at the end of this semester - Honors Thesis in Cog Sci - 1 conference paper, two independent research report, 1 arxiv - worked in 5 labs before(around 2 months - 1 year), focusing on different topics in cog sci. - Interested in high-level cognition, neural behavior modeling, memory, consciousness, decision-making Thank you!!😫
  4. Hi! I am a third year Life Sciences student at HAN University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) and I'm looking for internships in the field of Human Genetics or Neurogenetics. I've applied to a few companies and universities, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice or recommendations on where I should apply. I would prefer to do my internship in Europe. Any sort of advice would really help. Thanks!
  5. Someone made a similar thread last year just to have a separate thread for neuroscience PhD applications for the 2018 cohort. Hopefully it'll help reduce a little bit of the interview/decisions anxiety if we're all in the same boat!
  6. Dear all, I am a non-US citizen and want to apply to some US universitites as well as in some other countries for a Neuroscience PhD degree. I am currently finishing my second year in a neuroscience master program at a top university in my country, my GPA by far is 3.86 (masters - neuroscience) and around 3.7 (bachelors - law). TOEFL 110, two years of part time research experience (neuroscience, related to what I want to do in PhD), okay LoRs, one international (however not famous) conference and one local conference. Also a paper which includes me as an author is in the process of being submitted to a good Springer journal, however, I will not know whether it is accepted or not by the application deadline. And here is my most painful spot: GRE scores - 160 verbal, 151 quant. One of the schools I want to apply to is Duke, and its website says the average GRE for my program was 162 V and 157 Q last year. I am not sure whether I should submit my GRE scores as in Duke they are optional, and in other universities they are not even considered this year. I do not know whether submitting them would enhance or hurt my application, as 151 Q is 40th percentile. However, since I am an international student, these scores at least show I can somewhat keep up with the US system and, importantly, I understand the academic language very well. I also can pull off a good diversity story, because I am coming from a poor family with many kids from a very small town with no opportunities. I fought my way through everything to be where I stand with my bare hands, I had a rough childhood, my younger brother has a severe permanent brain injury, and me and two my younger sisters struggled with depression and suicidal behavior. I won the battle with the mental issues and I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to researching them to help others. All of this is true, and my family's story is what led me to neuro in the first place. However, if I tell the story as it is, it might be a bit rough, so I am not sure what I should express in the diversity statement. SO, my questions are: 1. Am I competitive enough to apply for a PhD in Neuroscience, especially in top-tier universities like Duke and Yale? Do I at least have some chance of getting in on which I can gamble? 2. Should I submit my GRE scores to Duke, and can they hurt my application in some lower level universities (like Stony Brook) where they are required? And to what extent do I describe my story in the Diversity Statement? 3. Should I indicate on my application that a publication is submitted to Springer? If yes, then where? Many thanks to anyone giving their advice!
  7. Hello, I am looking for information on program rankings and admitted applicant profiles for computational neuroscience programs. These programs are much more math heavy than traditional neuroscience so I thought you folk might have some info. GRE Scores? Math/Physics GRE beneficial? Weighting of undergrad/grad math coursework? Is neuro coursework needed, or is neuro research sufficient? What does it take to get into MIT? UW Seattle? Caltech? etc...
  8. Hi everyone! I'm reapplying to Neuro PhD programs after an unsuccessful round in senior year of undergrad (F2019). I only applied to Pitt, Vanderbilt (waitlisted for interview slot), Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. 2 years later, I now have some more research experience and focus on what I want to do as I'm in my 2nd year in an NIH IRTA postbac. I'm interested in behavioral neuroscience, neuroendocrinology and psychiatry. Any help in judging my stats against the schools I'm applying to would be seriously appreciated! Stats Undergrad: Dual B.S. degrees in Psychology and Cog & Behavioral Neuroscience with a 3.62 overall GPA (In major 3.92 for Psych and 3.52 for Neuro) at an R1 Mid-Atlantic university. I had Bs and Cs in gen chem and gen bio and never took physics. I took a semester of OChem senior year and got a B-. GRE: 156 Q, 156 V, 5.0 AW (most likely will omit in applications where it's not required) Research: I have completed 2 years of undergraduate research in a drug addiction/behavioral pharmacology lab, including one summer of full time work through a fellowship. By matriculation I will also have 2 years of full time work in a drug addiction/neural circuits laboratory at NIH. I will have one manuscript submitted before applications (2nd author) and have presented 3 posters/conference presentations. White female, US citizen Rec letters: one from my current PI, one from my undergraduate PI, and one from a well known PI/director of my current branch Other relevant info: I have some connections to PIs at a few of these schools and plan to reach out to them after I submit my applications. Schools I'm planning to apply to, in no particular order, all for Neuro PhDs: Yale, UCSD, NYU, WashU, Stanford, Harvard, Icahn/Mt. Sinai, Ohio State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, and Brown (13 total) At each of these schools, I've identified PIs who have research closely aligning with my interests. School's I'm still considering applying to: Cornell, CU Boulder, Duke, UVA, UPenn, and MIT (5 total) I don't see putting out more than 15 quality applications and contacting an appropriate amount of PIs (~1-3) at each school feasible. I'm open to any other schools you might think I should consider! Thanks again!
  9. Hello! My name is Jessica, I earned my Master's degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from London, UK. I am now in the process of applying to PhD Psychology, or Neuroscience, or Neuropsychology programs. After graduating in January 2020, I have been and still am endlessly searching for potential supervisors across Canada and USA. My research interest is in the neuropsychology of memory, cognition, and aging. I am particularly interested to examine the impact of healthy and pathological aging brain on memory processes and the strategies to improve brain function in order to reduce the risk of developing amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in older adults. I am very interested in neurological and neuropsychological diseases in older adults and how this impacts their cognitive abilities! I need help!! Who knows which universities across Canada and USA have supervisors that conduct the above work? Any response is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you, Jessica
  10. Hi, I'm applying to PhD programs this fall 2020, both Biology and Neuroscience programs. After reading through the forums, I realize now that I may not be a very competitive applicant, so am thinking maybe a MS in Bio or Neuro may be the better option for me and then afterwards applying for a PhD. I didn't end up with a very good GPA, I could write about what happened but also don't want to sound like one of "those kids". Once I graduated, I really, really tried to not let my GPA bring me down, so I took some time off and went straight into research. My stats: School: UC Irvine Major: Cognitive Psychology (mix of biology and psychology) GPA: 2.94 (last year of college managed to improve greatly with a 3.6) Major GPA: 3.6 Research experience: 3 years (1 year in a Public Health lab at UCI, 1 year behavioral neuroscience at UC Berkeley, and 1 year at UCSF neurodegenerative diseases) Publishing: 3rd authorship, but it's Public Health related. LOR: 2 from UCSF, 1 from UCI Other: over 100 hours of hospital volunteering, was a medical scribe for neurology at UCSF as well. I originally intended to go to medical school, but really fell in love with being in a lab setting within neuro, so changed my future plans. I guess my questions are - Do you guys think I have a chance with my above experience and GPA to get into a PhD program? Or am I better off just applying to MS programs? Do I even have a chance to get into a MS program? I keep hearing that Neuroscience PhD programs are super impacted with everyone applying to them and requirements being so difficult. With that said, is it best to apply to Biology PhD programs then? Within most Biology programs, it seems as though I still would be able to study under the professors I want. Should I dedicate a paragraph explaining my low GPA dip? Thinking of applying abroad to schools like University of London and University of Edinburgh (both Masters) to help boost my chances of getting in. I heard they are easier to get into if you are coming from the US. If anyone has experience with either - is that true?
  11. Hi everybody! I am trying to figure out which of these options is better, and I was wondering if you had any opinions on this as I am really unsure. 1) Masters in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden 2) Masters in Neuroscience at GSN-LMU Munich in Germany Ultimately, the goal is to do a PhD in neuroscience, maybe at one of these institutions or maybe in the US/UK. Both programs would allow me to complete research projects with their faculty, and in both places, there seems to be fascinating neuro research being done. I am particularly interested in translational neuroscience, would any of these programs be better suited for this? And would you say one is more known than the other? Thank you!
  12. Howdy! I'm currently looking into graduate schools to apply to. My career goal is to become an academic neuroscience researcher, but my specific interests are rather niche and I am having difficulty finding professors who match my interests well. I am interested in the evolution of distinctly human behaviors such as theory of mind, consciousness, and ability to comprehend reality. However, I am particularly interested in studying why mental illnesses occur that distort these uniquely human cognitive processes. I would like to study the genetic basis of psychological disorders such as anorexia nervosa and schizophrenia that impair one's ability to exercise these uniquely human mental capabilities. I want to study what genetic/neurochemical processes lead to the these mental disorders to better understand what selective pressures led to the development of these capabilities in the first place. Does anyone know any schools with professors who study this??? I don't even know what to label it, but I was thinking that maybe researchers looking into primate models may be my best bet?
  13. Hi all, I wanted to ask for your opinions on what type of programs I should choose. I am interested in stem cell models for neuropsychiatric disorders; thus, the research is somewhat interdisciplinary depending on the school. I have a pretty strong background in this field with approximately 3 years and a few pending publications. Upon researching graduate schools, I have found that I am interested in faculty in multiple departments. For example, I was looking at two programs at NYU (Sackler): 'Neuroscience & Physiology' and 'Stem Cell Biology.' While looking at both programs, I saw that many faculty were available as mentors in both departments. However, I actually found that the stem cell department had more researchers whose work I was interested in conducting. Another complicating variable in this situation is that NYU 'Neuroscience & Physiology' requires the GRE, unlike the 'Stem Cell Biology' program. I have yet to take the GRE and was planning on taking it solely for my NYU application, as none of my other programs require it. Would having a 'Stem Cell Biology' PhD be detrimental to my ability to score a Neuroscience postdoctoral position after my PhD, or is the work I publish in my PhD more important? Additionally, if my background and SOP are heavily neuroscience-based, which is my general college background, will this negatively impact my application to the 'Stem Cell Biology' program at NYU? If you were in/are in a similar predicament, what would you do and why? Thanks for your help
  14. Hello everyone, I hope corona do not find you :) . I want to know the funding program for international student accepted into neuroscience PhD at Harvard. Based on the website, the PhD student receive scholarship but still I donot understand the plan for this. I sent an e-mail to the funding officer but no response. As I understand from the website, it is a tiered tuition structure that reduces tuition over time as students progress through their degree programs. Another plan is the fully funded option. Which plan is available for international students? Best regards
  15. I applied for the MSc at the MiNDS Program from McMaster University, but didn't hear anything from them. Did anyone hear anything from those guys? Wondering if its just a delay or if I should just accept the failure
  16. Hi All, I am interested in pursuing a career as a neuroscience researcher. I'm really interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of mental diseases and recovery. This interest is rather new and comes after working three years in industry as a material science research & development engineer. My educational background is in chemical engineering with a good GPA and research experience. I feel comfortable with my chemistry base but I lack biological education that I'm afraid will hurt me in the application process. I plan to take two courses in introductory biology and two courses in advanced biology online before applying. Other than that, does anyone have any advice or recommendation for applying to a neuroscience program without a traditional background?
  17. Hi, all! I'm new here and I hope my confusion about the choices of program can get valuable suggestions from you guys! I'll give a brief intro to my background: My undergraduate major is CS with about 3.7 GPA and my previous research experiences are all in computer system, but I'm starting doing some projects in comp-neuroscience last fall. I chose to apply for MS degrees just for some enhancement in my neuroscience background so that I can get somehow stronger background in the field of neuroscience when applying next year. Here are my current choices: I've got admitted to MRes in Biosciences with neuroscience sub-stream at UCL, MS CS at ETH. And there will be an interview of MRes of Neurotechnology at ICL next week. Since the MRes is a one-year program, and I just do not know how much the program will give me, and that's why I have no idea how to choose the programs. Possibly, if I took the offer of CS at ETH, I could also do some comp-neuroscience research in those labs. Hope you more specialized guys can provide me with more valuable suggestions! Many thanks in advance.
  18. Hello everyone! This is my first time using this site so I hope I am going about this question correctly - I'm currently an international applicant looking to apply for a PhD in Neuroscience in the United States for Fall 2021 entry. I know this is early but I would like advise early if possible from other applicants, since most colleges state they are unable to let me know of my competitiveness for their program. My background: I am currently about to graduate from a university in the UK you will not have heard of with a 4.0 GPA in Medical Science I've just been accepted into a 1-year MSc Translational Neuroscience at Imperial College London for Fall 2020 entry. I know my GPA is competitive and I will not be required to sit the TOEFL as I'm British. But I'm worried about my experience, in the UK we do not often publish as undergraduates and I have no publications. I've worked on one independent research project for 8 months as part of my course and I'll be conducting one for my masters, however I doubt either will publish. The rest of my experience is clinical - I have worked in the Emergency Department doing patient triaging and worked in palliative care for 4 years each. I'm looking to apply to John Hopkins, UPenn, Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. If you have any recommended programmes that may be less competitive but respectable please let me know. Will I be a likely contender for the spaces on those programs? I know my experience is lacking and I cannot take time to get more before that's suggested. Please be honest as an application would cost time and money. Thankyou all!
  19. I have been wondering about other assessments available to grad students to determine best option for a masters. I went for several neurological tests but no real specific career assessment test. Can anyone recommend one?
  20. Hi, When I submitted my application materials to graduate schools in late November I didn't have any publications. However, before the New Year my colleagues and I are going to submit a paper. Should I email/call the admission departments of the schools I haven't heard back yet to ask if they will accept an updated CV? The first CV I sent did not mention the paper at all. Obviously, a paper submission will make my application stronger, but I worry that asking admissions to accept an update will be frowned upon. Plus, half of them already sent out their interview invites. Thank you in advance for your input! p.s. Happy Holidays!
  21. I'm about to start the second year of my neuroscience PhD, and as I work on my NSF GRFP application I'm trying to decide what primary field best fits my research. My proposed project will relate to human EEG/fMRI activity during working memory tasks, which sounds like it would fit best in the Psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience category. However, my neuroscience PhD is under the biomedical sciences umbrella at my university, so my program would likely match Life Sciences - Neuroscience better. Prior forums have mentioned that some fields have more funding or are more competitive than others, so I was wondering if there was any advantage/disadvantage to applying under either category. I looked for lists of approved project proposals online in each category to try to get a better feel for which field matches my experience/research better, but was unable to find anything besides the list of awardee names and institutions on the GRFP website. I've spoken with people in my lab, and they were also unsure, so I would appreciate any insight you may have.
  22. Hi all! I have a few questions that are all sort of related to the application process, and then one that'll be more based on my personal experience. To introduce myself and give you all a bit of background, I'm a current undergraduate student at a small liberal arts college who will be graduating in Spring 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. My areas of interest are animal behavior, cognition, welfare, social behavior, evolution, ecology, etc. I want to start applying to graduate school for a PhD in a related field this fall to enter the Fall 2020 cohort, and ultimately go into academia. I have a LOT of presentation experience, internal and external, and a lot of lab experience both participating in studies led by a P.I. as a lab assistant and creating my own small-scale study for a class/capstone. I also have animal handling/husbandry experience working with mice, non-human primates, various invertebrates, as well as experience doing research with (but not handling) a few bird species. Last but not least, I'm working on two manuscripts, one on developmental/behavioral neuroscience, and one on industrial/organizational psychology that I hope to at least have submitted by the time grad school applications start. I've identified a lot of possible PhD mentors, all in psychology/neuroscience programs (Emory NAB, IU CISAB, etc), but many of them are at the same school/in the same program. My first question is, what is the most polite way to "cold call" a possible mentor, and what should I request? A tour of the lab, or an interview, or an informal meeting? Also, if I have mutual connections with the mentor, should I drop the connection's name, or have the connection contact the mentor themselves and namedrop/CC me? In regards to having multiple possible mentors in a single program, is it polite/appropriate to apply to more than one mentor in the same program? Or should I meet with them and choose just one to apply to? My last question is, based on my background, would it be possible for me to apply to mentors in programs that are more aligned/directly affiliated with biology departments (like GSU's Neurobiology and Behavior program)? There's a lot of intersection between biology and psychology in my desired field, but would they not accept someone who only minored in biology? (Let me know if you need more information about me to answer this question). Thank you for letting me ask you all a billion questions, and thank you in advance for your help!
  23. Ok I'm applying this cycle and panicking. So I'm really interested in neuroscience and research in biomedical science, MEANWHILE, psychopathology has always been fascinating to me but clinical psy is super competitive (more than biomed I think). Only thing I don't like about biomed is that most graduates go to academia/industrial and doesn't really work with patients. They are very different routes and I really can't get both. My gpa is not good (3.4/4.0) and I kinda don't think I stand a chance to get in a good clinical psy programs (Maybe master→phd?). Summarize: More interested: Clinical neuropsychology. Higher chance to get in: Biomedical Science
  24. Hello! It is my first time posting... I was just wondering something about the Neuroscience Ph.D. admissions. I am currently earning a B.S. in Biology from a researched based university and I am also volunteering in some labs within my university. Is it possible to enter a Neuroscience Ph.D. program without publications or posters? Supposing that your GPA and GRE are about average. Any help is appreciated! ☺️
  25. Hi! I'm wondering if anyone has experience in either McGill or University of Toronto’s graduate programme in Neuroscience? Specifically im trying to determine the following: 1) how does the coursework compare? 2) how does the funding differ (grants/TA-ships, etc)? 3) who designs the research project—is this something I design as the student or does the supervisor/department have more say over the matter? 4) what is the graduate student housing situation like? I have looked at these questions online, but it would be great to get the perspective of someone who’s been there. Thanks!
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